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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Summer Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat 27 Jul
Art in the Park: Pressed Flower Art
Saturday, July 27, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Use pressed flowers to decorate book marks, framed collages, or a small box for keepsakes. Best for ages 5 and up.
Sat 24 Aug
Dick Buegler Bash
Saturday, August 24, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Honor the memory of Dick Buegler, co-founder of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and one of the people responsible for the existence of our Park! Enjoy food, fun, and music. All ages welcome.

Sat 31 Aug
Art in the Park: Build a Birdhouse
Saturday, August 31, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Assemble and decorate a home for birds! We will use tools such as a hammer and nails. Best for ages 8 and up.
Sat 21 Sep
Stop & Swap
Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Brought to you by GrowNYC: bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics, books, and toys that you no longer need. Take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. Please do NOT bring: furniture, large items, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicines, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, tube TVs, magazines, or sharp objects.
Sat 28 Sep
Art in the Park: Twig Art
Saturday, September 28, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Twigs are a versatile medium for creating beautiful sculptures! We will provide materials to make yarn-wrapped magic wands, picture frames, candle holders, and more! Best for ages 8 and up.

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